CSOT: BeaveRun East Division season opener preview

New BeaveRun track set for Snap-On Champ Car "Stars of Tomorrow" Series. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group Grand Prix at BeaveRun brings top karting stars together on new circuit. WAMPUM, Pa. (April 30, 2003) -- The new state-of-the-art BeaveRun ...

New BeaveRun track set for Snap-On Champ Car "Stars of Tomorrow" Series.
Bobby Rahal Automotive Group Grand Prix at BeaveRun brings top karting stars together on new circuit.

WAMPUM, Pa. (April 30, 2003) -- The new state-of-the-art BeaveRun MotorSports Complex opens its doors this weekend (May 2-4) with an exciting racing extravaganza for the Eastern Division season opener of the 2003 Snap- on.com Champ Car "Stars of Tomorrow" presented by RACER national karting series.

Located just 40 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, BeaveRun will play host to many of the nation's future auto racing stars with an outstanding field of young karting drivers ready for the Bobby Rahal Automotive Group Grand Prix at BeaveRun.

Rahal, the three-time Champ Car champion and 1986 Indy 500 winner, has been the driving force behind the new Stars of Tomorrow campaign that will feature many of North America's best karting stars in wild wheel-to- wheel action on the new eight-tenths of a mile kart circuit designed by veteran motorsports entrepreneur Alan Wilson. Rahal's Automotive Group (nine auto dealerships in Pennsylvania) have posted a $5,000 purse for the two international karting classes (ICC and ICA) participating at BeaveRun.

"The combination of the new BeaveRun circuit and the Eastern Division season opener for Stars should make for a sensational karting weekend," said Rahal, whose son Graham, 14, will be one of the top challengers in the ICC (125cc shifter) category. "We have a strong field of young drivers set to battle this weekend and it is a great kickoff for the all-new BeaveRun track. Northwest Pennsylvania has been looking for a complex like BeaveRun for years and now this weekend will be a great debut. I'm anxious to see the Stars in action."

Led by some of the top karting drivers in North America, the season opener for the Eastern Division of Stars of Tomorrow will feature competitors in six separate classes including the new international categories ICC (125cc Shifters) and ICA (100cc direct drive). In addition, the other categories include the Senor Class of Rotax (125cc Clutch), 80cc Junior Shifter, Junior Super Can (100cc shifter) and the Grand Products Cadet class for youngster 8-12 years of age).

"We are poised for the opening of the new Stars of Tomorrow season," said Rahal. "We have updated the series over the winter with the international classes, a major series sponsor, a presenting sponsor, new management, new media opportunities including a new partner in the SPEED Channel. We know the racing will be close, competitive and exciting and the 2003 series will produce some of North America's future racing stars."

The BeaveRun event will be run in conjunction with the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) regional event on the bigger road circuit. Practice for the Stars event will be on Friday with two full programs (qualifying, heats and finals) slated for Saturday and Sunday.

"We have a very big field entered already for BeaveRun," said Paul Zalud, director of operations for Stars. "And after our successful Western Division last week at Buttonwillow (CA), we are set for a spectacular Eastern opener. I expect the racing to be some of the best seen on the East Coast in quite awhile."

Many of the nation's top karting teams are expected to be on hand this weekend ain the Bobby Rahal Automotive Group Grand Prix including J&J Racing/GNP Corsa Group, 3S Chiovitti/Birel Racing, PSL Karting, MRP Motorsports, Adkins Speed Center, Intense Karting, Mark Coats Racing and Oakland Valley Racing.

Among the top drivers will be national karting stars Phillipe Gelinas, Alan Adams, Jimmy Pelk, Cale Mead, Travis Walker, Peter Ryan and aspiring women racer Juliana Chiovitti of Canada in the ICC category. Young phenom Robbie Pecorari leads the ICA division along with Cris Green, Alfonso Perri, Brandon Adkins, Chris Wehrheim, John Barnard Jr. and Michael Giessen.

The Champ Car 'Stars of Tomorrow' presenting by RACER karting series is the official first level in CART's driver development system and an officially sanctioned series of WKA/SCCA Pro Racing. Founded by racing star Bryan Herta and now owned in conjunction with a group of racing veterans, including three-time CART champion and Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, the Stars of Tomorrow serves as the first step for the CART driver development ladder. Stars focuses on recognizing the skills of the drivers rather than the technology development within the machines, using FIA/CIK International standards. More information can be found at www.cartstars.com.


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Drivers Bobby Rahal , Bryan Herta , Michael Giessen , Brandon Adkins , Juliana Chiovitti , Robbie Pecorari , Travis Walker